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IR remote around corners

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by wookieman, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. wookieman

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    I'm thinking of getting some IR remote dimmers to replace my standard dimmers controlling the lights in the lounge but they will need to work around a corner :rolleyes:

    Has anyone else tried this, will it work ? I know (for instance) I can control my tv even when pointing the remote away from the tv and the signal must bounce off the walls, or am i better getting rf dimmers?

    Can someone with IR dimmers try operating them by pointing the remote away from the sensor and post some results.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. davehk

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    It all depends on the reflectivity at IR of your wallcoverings and the angles between the units - it's just light after all. I can operate my rear curtains by pointing my remote at the TV screen - it reflects the signal back over my head!

    You can get IR repeaters that use a radio link to get around corners, if it does not work in your room.
     
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    I've had no problems operating a varilight remote dimmer with a pronto .
    The pronto seems to send a fairly strong signal, so you might get different results with different remote controls. A strategically placed mirror or large flat surface (projector screen?) will probably help if you have problems!

    Jon.
     
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    Edited - double post!

    I used two mirrors to get the signal into the alcove containing my stereo as a student...you had to have good aim though!
     

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